Johnson contends provisional ballots could change outcome in House District 13

There were 597 provisional ballots cast but not counted in Knox County, which includes House District 13 where won by Republican Rep. Eddie Johnson by a 154-vote margin. Gloria Johnson, the loser, is taking legal action while refusing to concede defeat and contending there could be enough votes involved to change the outcome of the election.

From the News Sentinel:

Gloria Johnson has filed an injunction against the Knox County Election Commission and its administrator of elections Cliff Rodgers to turn over provisional ballots cast in the race for Tennessee State House 13th District.

…It could take a week or more for the absentee ballot committee to meet and go through the 597 provisional ballots, according to Knox County Election Commission staff.

According to the injunction, Johnson said Smith only won the election by 154 votes and therefore the provisional ballots cast could change the outcome of the election. Johnson has requested that election officials had over identification information for voters who cast those ballots so she and her campaign personnel can help them obtain a valid form of photo ID.

Johnson also cites in the injunction an election law that stipulates voters who cast provisional ballots must provide proper identification within 48 hours of the election’s close.

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